"We got it straightened out. It's amazing," Fisher told ABC in a televised halftime interview.
His team had the lead at the break despite nine penalties, including two on kickoff returns and an offensive interference call against Rodney Smith that nullified a 50-yard gain and left Fisher fuming.
"That interference on the offense on that big play right there, I don't know if I've ever seen one like that for a guy not extending his arms," Fisher said. "But that's ball. We played a sloppy half."
And of course, there was a wide left — almost obligatory in a Florida State-Miami game, though hardly as dramatic as miskicks that doomed the Seminoles so many times before in this series. Hopkins missed from 44 yards with 12:31 left in the third, as Miami got away with giving Florida State a short field after an unsuccessful onside kick opened the half.
Hopkins and Wieclaw traded field goals late in the third quarter, sending the game into the final 15 minutes with the Seminoles up 16-13.
It didn't stay close much longer.
"Anytime you can come to Miami and beat Miami, that's a good day," Fisher said. "I don't care what you say."
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